No, the native cuisine of Chile is not a hot dog smeared with avocado and mayonnaise (though that is undeniably its most popular dish today). Back in pre-Hispanic times, the Mapuche, Aymará, Rapa Nui and other peoples of Chile used the vast bounty of the land and sea to create a huge variety of dishes, and this restaurant celebrates—and offers gourmet recreations of—those foods. No word on whether these people ate their meals on rectangular slabs of stone, but the presentation of the meal here is part of the fun: eminently Instagramable, as is the woodsy, artfully rustic setting with its hanging baskets and cobblestone floors. The meal starts with an amuse bouche and then another, and then a massive (stone) plate of mixed appetizers, so be judicious in your choice of an entree. The menu offers soups and salads in that capacity, and unless you have a huge appetite, that's probably the best way to go because you're going to be mighty tempted to devour every morsel here. The food will taste like nothing you've tried elsewhere: "breads" crafted from multi-colored potatoes, horse ham, fried sweet breads paired with a pate of conger eel cheeks, a mushroom soup cooked tableside with hot stones that is the distilled soul of mushroom (it's sensational, as is pretty much everything on the menu). A superb and eye-opening dining experience.
Peumayan Ancestral Food
Our Rating Neighborhood Bellavista Hours Tues–Sat 1–3pm and 7–11pm, Sun 1-4pm Transportation Metro: Baquedano Prices Main dishes CH$9,500–CH$14,900 Cuisine Type Pre-Hispanic Chilean Web site Peumayan Ancestral Food
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